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On our website you will find information and news about the Study of Religion at the University of Bayreuth.

The study of religion is an empirical discipline that takes a neutral perspective towards religious worldviews across continents. The discipline draws on history, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, linguistics and other methodologies to investigate religion, religiosity, and secularity in contemporary societies. In its methodological commitment to examine religious behavior and belief outside of any particular religious viewpoint the study of religion fundamentally differs from theology and other normative approaches to religion.

With its three professorships that focus on religious life in contemporary Europe, contemporary Islam, and religions of Africa, the study of religion at the University of Bayreuth prides itself in engaging with contemporary religious culture from a global historical perspective.

Teaching during the winter semester 2021/2022                                   

It is with great pleasure that we commence the winter semester with mostly face-to-face teaching. However, transition to online or hybrid teaching is a possibility in the case of rising infection levels and/or changes in general regulations.

We therefore ask all students to enroll in CAMPUSonline and e-Learning to receive up-to-date information about prospective changes.

Most recent information about university life during the COVID-19 pandemic can also be found on the official University webpage.

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